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    December 10, 2017
    Advent Scripture:
    Isaiah 40:1-11
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    In Isaiah's time, Israel had a long, persistent history rebellion, immorality, cruelty to the poor, and idolatry. By the time we get to Isaiah 40, Israel was about to be destroyed as a nation. Life was insecure, with maj...
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Faith that Works
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
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45 mins 18 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In this passage James converses with an imaginary person, a person who claims to have faith but has no deeds, a person who claims that you can separate faith from works. This was obviously a common thought among James’ readers, so he addresses it squarely and strongly. He discusses just how scary it is when our lives don’t mesh with our words. What we find in James 2:14-26 is that true faith is demonstrated by costly obedience to God and sacrificial love for others. May the Lord lead us further into true, living faith this morning.
Faith that Works
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
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51 mins 30 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Christians must not discriminate either in favor of or against anyone because of superficial external things as trivial as wealth or poverty. Such behavior is inconsistent with God’s impartiality. Instead we must live in ways that anticipate the Judgment Day when the measuring stick we apply to others will be applied to us. We must live in ways that reflect the mercy of our Savior and demonstrate that we have been grateful recipients. May the Lord help mercy to triumph over judgment in our lives and in our church.
Standalone Messages
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
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17 mins 23 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - Happy New Year! What was last year like? Was it a year filled with joy or sorrow? Did you obtain all of your goals? Do you have any regret from choices made? It could be that last year is one that you would rather forget. It could be that you are looking forward to 2017 as a fresh start. Perhaps, you should begin this year with a humble heart asking God to revive you. Revival is one of the themes of Psalm 119. When one cries out to God for revival it is a realization that he or she has a need that only God can meet. In addition, this need is so great that he or she desires for God to work right now. So if your spiritual compass is spinning and you are struggling to find your way come to God and ask him to revive your heart.
Advent
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
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42 mins 43 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Christmas season can be a dangerous time! No, I’m not referring to shopping at Wal-Mart, although you are taking your life into your hands when you go there during this time of year. I am talking about the Christmas story. There is a danger that we can hear it so often that it becomes too familiar. There is a danger that we will lose the significance of the message because we have heard it many times. We may know all the details, but if we are not careful, our familiarity with the Christmas story can cause us to overlook just how amazing the story really is. So, this morning, lets look at the story of the shepherds in Luke 2 and see it again for the first time. Let the tidings of great joy fill your heart, and the message of the gospel encourage your soul afresh.
Advent
Sun, Dec 04, 2016
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49 mins 28 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - Messengers from heaven brought news that caused humble people to quake in awe and fear, but ultimately these messengers brought good news of God’s love. What is this good news? It is that the Love of God was born in the flesh. Jesus would live a perfect life and die as the perfect sacrifice. So this Christmas, rather than just celebrating a cultural holiday we need to 1) Understand the love of God that is being revealed and 2) Receive the love of God that is being offered.
Advent
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
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Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Micah is a hard prophet to understand because the book alternates back and forth between threats of doom and promises of hope. It is hard to figure out what situations he is referring to and how the hope and doom relate to each other. Probably the reason the book is arranged like this is to make the point that where God and his people are concerned, there is always hope, even in the darkest catastrophe. So Micah mingles gloom and glory through his book. This morning as we look at Micah 5, we will start with the gloom of Assyria’s threats. For the faithful remnant holed up in Jerusalem during Sennacherib’s siege, all seems lost. But the prophet rallies the people to the hope of a coming Messiah, a Deliverer who would rescue them from their enemies. The hope of this Messiah is our theme this first week of Advent. May the anticipation of our Deliverer encourage our hearts this morning.
Faith that Works
Sun, Nov 13, 2016
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54 mins 40 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - "We all too often want a Christianity and church on our terms according to our preferences and aligning with our lifestyles. We are a people happy to go to church just so long as nothing in our lives has to change. We are a people happy to be Christians as long as we can define Christianity according to what accommodates us. The only problem with that is that in order for the religion of Christianity to be authentic, true and actually acceptable to God, we have to let Him define what it looks like. And His definition of true Christianity is radically different from ours." (David Platt) In James 1:26-27, God defines for us what true Christianity looks like. It isn't easy and doesn't make us comfortable, but it does reveal whether our hearts have been "brought forth by the Word of truth." May God transform us to reflect a Christianity that is valuable, pure and undefiled.
Faith that Works
Sun, Nov 06, 2016
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45 mins 13 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The first chapter of James has laid out tests for authenticating true believers. The author examines a persons response to certain things in life and concludes the following: true believers respond to trials with joy and endurance, trusting in God who uses them for our benefit and his glory. True believers respond to temptation by understanding the ensnaring tendency of sinful desires and running to God who is good and who gives what we truly need. In our text this morning James explains how true believers receive the word of God with submission, purity and humility. And then they respond with more than just hearing. They move to faith-filled heeding. May the Lord help us to be doers and not hearers only - that we might be blessed and that He might be glorified.
Faith that Works
Sun, Oct 30, 2016
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41 mins 57 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - One tendency is to forget how bad we are, another is to forget how good God is. In times of trial especially, we lose sight of the good things that God has given us. We can be deceived about what God is like. So, having reminded us of the evil desires that spring up from within (1:13-15), James now draws our attention to the good gifts that come down from above: (1:17) “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” God is the source of all blessing – every perfect gift comes from God’s gracious hand. He is powerfully, dependably, and graciously good. And it’s this that we need to keep in the forefronts of our minds, especially when facing the trials and temptations that will be a part of our lives each day.
Faith that Works
Sun, Oct 23, 2016
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50 mins 13 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Our reflex so often is to lay the blame for our temptation elsewhere. This is a tendency that runs very deep in us, and we find it very easy to even blame God for the temptations we experience. But James counters this by reminding us of what God is like – He is un-tempt-able. He is utterly pure, and because of this, we can be sure he is not trying to trip us up. Instead we need to realize that our own desires are the cause of temptation. The desire to sin wells up within our own hearts. And when it does, it sets off a chain reaction that eventually leads to death. Sin doesn’t stop where we want it to. It keeps taking us further and further until we are eventually ruined. So when we are tempted, we must immediately run to God and take the way of escape that He provides. May the Lord help us today and in the week ahead.